Playing with a purpose
Barbara Ellington, Public Affairs Editor
The members of Friendly Lodge 239 E.C. held their annual Charity Golf Tournament at Caymanas Golf & Country Club on Sunday, January 11. Sponsored by telecoms giant Digicel, the event kicked off shortly before 9 a.m and, by 2:30 p.m., the final scores were in.
The more than 20-year-old tournament is among the oldest golf tournaments in the island and its main purpose is to raise funds for the lodge's numerous charities. Over the years, millions of dollars in donations have been raised, with feeding the less fortunate being the main thrust this year. In a press release, the leadership of the lodge said that this is a special year in which they are seeking to expand their charities, and sponsors would be afforded an opportunity to interact with their target demographics.
In his brief remarks, Digicel's chief executive officer Barry O'Brien said, "Digicel is always pleased to support organisations whose work is in support of the less fortunate in Jamaica."
Among the charities to benefit are Hampden Basic School, 21 North Street, Kingston; The Wortley Home, 193 Constant Spring Road, Kingston; The Consie Walters Hospice, St Joseph's Hospital, 22 Deanery Rd, Kingston; Marie Atkins Shelter, 65 Hanover Street, Kingston; and Jamaica Masonic Benevolent Association, 45 Barbados Avenue, Kingston.
The other sponsors of the tournament were Supreme Ventures Limited, Caribbean Airlines, Pure Country, Solaris Global Energy, J Wray & Nephew Limited, Bridget Sandals, Intcomex, Knutsford Court, Spanish Court, Jewels, Couples, Dolphin Cove, Grand Palladium, Cinnamon Hill & White Witch, China Gardens Restaurant, Roy Barnarse and David Fernando.